Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy 150 Birthday JOHN LEWIS!

You’ve probably already heard that the prestigious department store, John Lewis has just turned 150 since first opening in 1864 at 132 Oxford Street, London. And, to celebrate, some of their key brands are creating some SERIOUSLY stylish collaborations (Antoni & Alison, Lucienne Day and Orla Kiely – who is launching her first ever menswear collection for the department store). If that wasn’t enough the likes of Barbour, Jaeger, Hobbs and Levis are also launching some great exclusives to pay tribute to the momentous occasion too.

Fashion institution, Antoni & Alison have created an exclusive capsule collection of dresses to celebrate the department store’s front-page milestone. The ten piece silk collection takes inspiration from the store’s 6,000 piece archive; which effortlessly combines fine art and photographic imagery with tradition fashion design to create a divinely, unique range. Antoni & Alison’s edit brings together vintage prints featuring artistically deconstructed household items – including harberdashery, ceramics, beauty and electronic products. This FABULOUS juxtaposition of archived prints and modern textures brings together a result that is reminiscent of couture – and perfect for wearing through the seasons – whatever the trends. Explore the collaboration’s elaborate embellishment and vibrant patterns and make an ENTRANCE….

Jaeger has collaborated with the brand and channeled their signature smart style into a small, exclusive capsule collection of designs. The collection references John Lewis’ iconic geometric ‘diamond print’ design which was introduced in the mid-sixties and reflected the graphic art movement at the time. Beautifully tailored lines call to be worn with this season’s bright accessories – mix the two key pieces up or keep it matchy-matchy like this season’s co-ords (perfect for that important day at the office).  

Top of my wish-list? I just adore this matching jacket and top from JIGSAW – OH so CHANEL-like no?

So go on, explore the retailer’s fabulous array of new collections and collaborations, and while you’re at it – explore and immerse yourself in their interactive exhibition on the third floor, which takes shoppers through the history of John Lewis – this is definitely one to celebrate!

All images are sourced from Rain Communications/John Lewis


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